A bona fide politician actually put down his fork mid-air to listen to me. Not one minute was spent on fundraising or self-promotion. Nope. Instead, Adolfo Carrion, running on the Independent Party ticket, concentrated on us -- all young independent artists struggling to survive in New York City.
In my 25 years of working I've only really seen one kind of business: the high-risk and entrepreneurial kind. Being an entrepreneur is everybody's business, no matter whether you are on the bottom of the totem pole or at the top of heap.
This is a lovely, pre-holiday tale that could have captured the imagination of Charles Dickens. It is the story of a little, independent, different kind of bookshop that has served an artist and working-class community for 34 years.